Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra / Honor Bound
Album: Honor Bound   Collection:World
Artist:Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra   Added:Aug 2004
Label:Hana Ola Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-09-06 Pull Date: 2004-11-07 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 7 Oct 24 Oct 10 Sep 26 Sep 19 Sep 12
Airplays: 2 1 1 2 4 2

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 19, 2006: At the Cafe Bohemian
Koi Wa Basha Ni Notte
4. Nov 02, 2004: Storytime!--Free For all
Wakare no Isochidori
2. Mar 07, 2006: At the Cafe Bohemian
Yokina Chinta
5. Oct 19, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
Yokina Chinta
3. Nov 02, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
Yokina Chinta
6. Oct 05, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
Tokyo no Sora Awoi Sora

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-08-19
Originally recorded in the late 40’s and 50’s this release is part of a Japanese Music of Hawaii series. For 61 years this orchestra (also called “the smile orchestra”) reigned as the top Hawaiian-Japanese band of their time. The extensive notes tell a fascinating story of post-WWII life for Japanese-Americans. The songs are part traditional Japanese or Okinawan, and part big band and are really interesting, quirky, & cool. Most songs down/midtempo and I liked them all. In the interest of space, I’ll give special mention to:

1. Relaxed w/sweet female vocals & a sense of sadness.
2. Midtempo w/a quirky charm. Male vocals.
3. High female vocals against a big band rumba sound.
4. Cute little duet w/a midtempo lightness.
6. Horns & female vocals in a lazy little love song.
8. Lyrical male vocals in a mid/downtempo ode to home.
11. He let love get away, but he sings nicely about it.
13. Clip-clop percussion back a midtempo duet.
14. Military-themed march backs a midtempo song of parting.
17. A bouncy little song w/horns/strings & vocals.
19. Nicely orchestrated love song w/a sweet sense of romance.
20. Upbeat, energetic, and catchy. Fun.
21. Uptempo, male vocals, bright in spite of the subject.

Track Listing
1. Wakare no Isochidori   11. Suiteita Noni
2. Oshidori Gasa   12. Kimi Matsu Hana
3. Bungawan Solo   13. Koi Wa Basha Ni Notte
4. Hana Uranai   14. Yoi no Wakare
5. Aikoku no Hana   15. Yuki no Sensen
6. Ame no Hi Romance   16. Ryoshu
7. Asatoya Yunta   17. Tokyo no Sora Awoi Sora
8. Habu no Minato   18. Ato Oi Gasa
9. Hamabe no Uta   19. Omoide no Hankachi
10. Setsunaki Omoide   20. Yokina Chinta
  21. Uraru Wo Koete